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Art is Life

Art is a songHave you ever been so moved by the words of a song that you had to play it over again because it spoke to you?  That is art.

Have you ever read a poem that put into words all you wanted to ever say but did not know how? That is art.

Have  you ever looked at a painting or a photograph and could see a story  or a message within that image?
If someone came behind you and they saw a different story relating to their own life? That is art.

Art to me comes from deep within. It’s highly personal and it is also very subjective. What it means to me may not mean the same to you but that is the beauty of art.

I have had a lot going on in my life lately and most of it is great and then there were some bumps in the road but nonetheless, I have been creating art and that brings me much joy.

I had two pieces hanging at the Art Center in June. I am preparing myself to enter a couple of other shows and that takes much planning.

I am also hoping to be selling my artwork at this upcoming Artwalk so we will see.

Oh and I just recently launched my very own website!

brigittecadena.com

This is a place to check out my original artwork available for sale and there are pages devoted to how you can commission me for a piece of art and also how to schedule a photo shoot for you or your loved ones.

More to come.

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This piece will be hanging in the Member’s Gallery at the Art Center here in Corpus Christi,  from now until early September.
Stop by so you can check it out!

All Life is ART if you look close enough…

Brigitte Cadena

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Gallery Spotlight: Architecture and Structures as Art

Years ago I lived in Chicago. It was a great time in my life because I loved the culture and diversity. I also loved the architecture there as well. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of images from that time in my life but that love for the lines and geometric shapes that images of architecture can offer has always stayed with me.

Here are some artistic photography images of architecture and structures that I happen to love here in Corpus Christi,  Texas where I now reside.

Corpus Christi is known more for the beach and marina but I am happy to say I have found some buildings and structures that I could utilize to photograph images I think are beautiful.

Photography Prints

Reflection of a building in Corpus Christi, Texas

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Other Side Of The Harbor Bridge In Corpus Christi Texas

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Top Of Corpus Christi Cathedral In Black And White

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High In The Sky Corpus Christi Cathedral

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Harbor Bridge In The Coastal Bend In Black And White

(All images can be viewed on a larger scale by clicking on said images, prints are also available in canvas print, metal print and more.)

I hope you like them

Brigitte Cadena
All Life is ART if you look close enough

B Sunflower STRONG

Have you ever felt like your back was against the wall, like the pressures of life’s experiences were coming down on you so hard you felt like you were going to fall apart?

Here is a description of the image below on my art page.

I was doing a photo shoot in the downtown area of Corpus Christi, Texas, when I saw a bunch of wildflowers, Sunflowers. It
was a windy day and when I saw them I liked how they were moving around as the wind pushed the petals toward the center. They looked windswept as if they were dancing.

As strong as the winds were, I was amazed to see the petals, even with the pressure of the harsh winds did not fall or fly away. I thought that was beautiful.

It reminds me to stand strong and not worry, even with all the pressures around, I can stand strong and not fear I will lose parts of myself through the rough times that we all will experience at one time or another in life.

Just remember when you feel like the walls are closing in or that you can’t handle what you are going through in life, think of this sunflower that withstood the winds and remained intact.

You too are “Sunflower STRONG”

 

Photography Prints

Click on image to take you to bricadena art prints.

Art Feature-Gerald Lopez

 

Art Feature-Gerald Lopez

Name: Gerald Lopez
City/State: Corpus Christi, TX
Email:geraldjl@hotmail.com
Website: geraldlopezart.com

Bio: Gerald Lopez is currently an art instructor at Del Mar College and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. He also serves on the board of directors and exhibition committee of K Space Contemporary, a non-profit art gallery that presents and promotes contemporary art to the Coastal Bend region of South Texas. Gerald received his BFA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a MFA from the University of Delaware.
He has participated in many group exhibitions throughout the United States and his work can be found in the collections of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Chickasha, Oklahoma.

Gerald Lopez was my Design Instructor last year at Del Mar College and I learned a lot in his class. He gave us creative freedom to work on the assignments and was extremely helpful when I ran into an issue. He was there to offer guidance and give us the foundation of the elements of art but allowed each of us to create art in a personal way. I really enjoyed his class.

Who is your favorite artist and why?

Well, right now I am mainly looking at Renaissance art and artists. Not really a specific one but I am looking at a number of artists to get an idea of their use of structure, pespective, elements and themes.

What types of art do you prefer?

I enjoy all types of art from Ancient to Renaissance/Baroque to Modern and Contemporary Art. Teaching art I must say, has really broadened my horizons to many different types of art that I never considered as a student and that has opened up alot of doors to new ideas.

When did you start going public with your art?

I think I started trying to get my art public all the way back in my undergraduate student days at TAMUCC.

How would you describe your style?

Pour in some Renaissance and then add a bit of Pop Art with a twist of Surrealism and DADA. Shaken not stirred.

What is your approach to design?

I think my approach to design is alot like many other artists and non-artists for that matter. It’s an inate feeling of what seems to work and what dosen’t. Like trying to arrange furniture in a bare room for example. You move the furniture, plants, artwork and etc. around and around until you like what you see. In art you move color, line, shape etc. in the same manor. Design first and foremost has to satisfy the artist’s taste and hopefully that arrangment of elements and theme attracts other viewers in a positive way as well.

That is an interesting analogy you used, because when I am working on something, it is very much like moving furniture around, arrangement and placement is very important.

How do you bridge the gap of the business side of designing?

I seldom venture into the business side of designing if ever. I try to stay on the art side of things as much as possible. I guess that bridge is still under construction.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

Stay humble, be yourself and have fun. Art is filled with alot of ups and downs. I believe the trick is to not be too full of yourself during the ups and not get too discouraged during the downs. Stay steady and do what what you enjoy doing even when trends in art are heading the opposite direction. It’s a difficult road to travel to be sure, but in the end what’s the point of making art if you’re not having fun creating it? When art is fun it can be one of the most satisfying feelings in the world.

I have to agree with you on that.

Can you describe your workspace?

I would describe my workspace as a little cramped but cozy. I have a desk where I work with enough room to create small to fairly large sized drawings, so the space is not a real big issue right now. Although a little more room never hurts. Recently however, I have had the opportunity to create a large scale mural downtown at Lizardoz Sub Pub on Chaparral which was alot of fun.

Can you describe your creative process?

I think the word “collage” best describes my creative process. I start by taking photos of many different people, places and things and then try to put them together in a drawing to form a cohesive narrative. My focus as of late have been themes of Corpus Christi. Though I do add a surreal twist to the stories.

What are some resources that you have found helpful to you as an artist that you would recommend to other artists?

Although there are numerous sources I have looked at for art and artists, the two most frequently used by myself are: Glasstire and Facebook. Glasstire is a good resource for finding out what is happening around Texas specifically and through facebook I can see what my art friends are up to and I can see what is happening around the world.

Can you tell us of any upcoming shows/exhibits for your work?

I will be in an exhibition called “Go West this Fall” which will feature artworks from Texas and French artists. It will be at the UNESCO Center in Paris, France, on Sept. 19 – 30, and at the Williams Tower Gallery in Houston on Oct. 27 – Nov. 25.

http://www.gowest-francetexas.com

Go West this Fall

Well thank you again for taking this time to talk to me about your art.

Here is a preview of some of his art pieces. You can view his work at this website.

Website: go to geraldlopezart

Art Feature – Art in the City

I am a firm believer to be the best at something you need to surround yourself with others of like minds. I am introducing this new category in my blog to feature artists, groups and anyone who is making difference in the lives of others through art. I will be doing a weekly feature interview and I hope this will add something special in our art community of Corpus Christi, Texas.

Stay tuned!